UNLV continued a team-wide shooting slump and Jimmer Fredette became the all-time leading scorer in Mountain West Conference history as the BYU Cougars beat the Runnin’ Rebels 78-64 Saturday afternoon at the Marriott Center in Provo. The Rebels (17-6 overall, 5-4 Mountain West Conference) shot just 18-of-60 (30%) from the floor, including 6-of-23 from three-point range. The lone bright spot for UNLV was guard Anthony Marshall, who finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and four steals on 6-of-10 shooting. The other staters, Tre’Von Willis, Chace Stanback, Oscar Bellfield and Quintrell Thomas shot a combined 10-of-43. Willis finished with 15 points, thanks to 7-of-8 shooting from the free throw line.
After an early 8-7 UNLV lead, BYU took over and led the rest of the way. The Cougars were up 38-27 at halftime, and the Rebels got no closer than eight during the second half. BYU shot just 40% for the game, but was 24-of-25 from the free-throw line.
For BYU (22-2, 8-1), Fredette scored 29 points on a rather pedestrian shooting day for the nation’s leading scorer. He shot 6-of-14 and made just one three-pointer, but was 16-of-16 from the free throw line and helped the Cougars stave off any attempted Rebels rally in the second half. Fredette’s free throw to cap a three-point play with 3:24 to play made him the career Mountain West scoring leader, surpassing San Diego State guard Brandon Heath, who set the record of 2,189 points in 2007.
Next up, UNLV stays on the road to face TCU on Wednesday.